TAKE IT PERSONAL: The Hip Hop Improv Show
UCB East; 8/2 at 9 p.m.; 153 E. 3rd St., nr. Ave. A; 212-366-9231
Every week, Hot 97's Cipha Sounds exploits the connection between hip-hop and improv to comedic end. Of course, he doesn't do it alone. You'll get true stories and all the shenanigans (maybe even rhyming!) with a lineup including Anthony Atamanuik, Abra Tabak, Phil Jackson, Brandon Gardner, and Chris Gethard
Knitting Factory; 8/3 at 9 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg
Absurd is as absurd does. And comedian Eric Andre—whom you may have seen on his eponymous talk show on Comedy Central or on the tragically canceled Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23—is pretty absurd. You'll see it all as he co-headlines Hannibal Buress’s free comedy night with a show titled "I’ve Been Doing Stand-Up Comedy for 10 Years … And I Still Fucking Suck at It."
Gramercy Theatre; 8/2-8/3 at 8 p.m.; 127 E. 23rd St.,nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-614-6932
This Original King of Comedy has no problem tackling the serious subjects—like in the comedy doc The Endangered List, when he crisscrossed the country to examine the state of the black man. Social commentary goes down easier with laughter.
The Stand; 8/3 at 9:30 p.m.; 49 S. 2nd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
You wish you knew this easygoing Everyman, just so he’d liven up your house parties. Until then, you can catch Lemon’s witty commentary on MTV2’s Guy Code, or just show up to this set with Rachel Feinstein, Joe DeRosa, and more.
Gramercy Theatre; 8/8 at 8 p.m.; 127 E. 23rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-614-6932
CollegeHumor.com comes to life onstage when Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld (of the series Jake and Amir) host this annual shindig of stand-up and sketch from the CollegeHumor cast and special guests, including editor-in-chief Streeter Seidell. Also on the roster: music from Shockwave and Arthur Lewis of Freestyle Love Supreme, and the first-ever live performance of the Badman series starring comedians Pete Holmes and Matt McCarthy.